Easy DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles (and a Summer Centerpiece)

It's Summer. That means BBQ's, Flip-flops, the Beach - and mosquitoes. Or "skeeters" as we call them here in Eastern NC. This year, I am combatting them with lots of DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles. They are so easy to make. I took a few and went the extra step and created a Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece. Take a look!
I made some of thse last year, and used recycled glass jars - such as spaghetti sauce and olive jars. This year, I decided to use some Mason Jars.
I wanted the lids to look more like metal, so some simple spray paint was all that was needed to take them from silver to metal.
A metal hole punch was used to create an entry for the wicks.
Once filled with citronella oil, the jars were quite beautiful.
I decided to use a few of the jars and take it one step further. I grabbed this burlap-lined basket from my pantry and lined the inside with plastic. I filled it with soil and planted the outer edge with small ferns and vinca plants.
And this is what it turned out to look like. A Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece.
And for those more educated skeeters, I added a little chalkboard sign. :-D
Not only is this basket functional...
It's pretty too when all the candles are lit. Please make sure you stop by my blog to see all the details on how I put these candles and this basket together. (see link below)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Wanda Barnes
    on Feb 17, 2019

    This is the cutest idea I've seen for skeeters! Do you have information on where to buy the citronella oil and wicks for candle making? Thank you Wanda

  • Mainiebets
    on Oct 23, 2019

    Great idea but I have one question if that’s ok. What happens when the wick burns below the lid? Is the citronella oil a solid? Thanks so much.

  • Laura
    on Dec 6, 2019


    what do you use for wicks? where do you get them?

    I want to be able to make potpourri mason jar candles with orange slices, apples, rosemary and cranberries in them. I think you mix water with some veg. oil or olive oil so it'll burn.

    thank you,




    • Nanci Plante
      on Dec 11, 2019

      You can get most candle supplies at Hobby Lobby (cheapest) or other craft stores (Don't forget AC Moore is going out of business so if there is one near you, you may get some great deals)

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  • Letisiaromero
    on Sep 8, 2019

    I love this idea. I will be having a baby shower soon and these paired with the herb baskets are perfect for centerpieces so I can keep the bugs away from my guest. Keep the ideas coming.

  • Laurie Drogowski
    on Sep 28, 2019

    So cute and functional!

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